Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Great Things

“For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name.
And His mercy is upon generation after generation toward those who fear Him."
Luke 1:49-50

Mary begins The Magnificat -- her worship of God -- by exalting the Mighty One for the grace He has extended. First to herself, and then to all generations.  For 400 years God has been silent, having spoken His last words through the prophet Malachi. Now God has broken His silence, and has spoken through Gabriel that Malachi's prophecy is about to be fulfilled. The fullness of time has arrived. God is sending a Savior to redeem His people. Mary -- a devout Jew -- understands this. She knows that God's mercy extends from generation to generation -- to all those who reverence Him, who place their trust in Him. She knows that God keeps His promises, and that He will, indeed, send the Messiah. As a child of Israel, this was her hope. Mary testifies to the greatness and faithfulness of God, and to His mercy upon all generations. Her spirit overflows in worship. Mary's Messiah is our Messiah. Her Savior is our Savior. God has done great things. Should not our spirits overflow in worship, too?

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